Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE and South African football legend Ebson “Sugar” Muguyo is set to make an emotional return to the game that gave him fame when he takes charge of a Zifa Southern Region Division One team as coach this season.
Muguyo, who shook the South African football landscape in the 1970s while playing giants Kaizer Chiefs and is still regarded as a hero at Amakhosi, has been hibernating in the golf fairways where he is a member of Bulawayo’s Harry Allen Golf Club.
Locally, Muguyo played for Zimbabwe Saints and Eagles before coaching the two teams. He also coached AmaZulu, Railstars and Njube Sundowns, which he took over after the death of Joshua Mhizha.
He has been out of mainstream football for close to a decade, but now believes it’s time to extricate himself from the game’s wilderness.
“I have decided to come back to football; I am ready and while I will not reveal my destination, it will definitely be this season,” said Muguyo.
“I almost joined Bulawayo Chiefs, but we failed to agree on a key issue of players as I wanted to groom youngsters while they wanted old players and I saw it fit to go my way. I am an advocate of youngsters, but these days you rarely have school going players turning out for Division One or even Premier Soccer League teams unlike in the past where you had the likes of Peter Ndlovu, Benjamin Nkonjera and Willard Khumalo to mention a few,” said Muguyo.
He said in the past some players would boast to their schoolmates that they were in Harare for a league match and that would motivate others.
“My ambition now is to bring those glory years back. There is so much talent in schools, but it’s just wasted. A team like Tsholotsho FC shouldn’t be struggling to get quality players, not at all,” Muguyo said.